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Imperial Cleves

Population723 million

CurrencyAnne Dollar
AnimalClevesian Red Hawk

The Dictatorship of Imperial Cleves is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its frequent executions, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 723 million Imperial Clevesians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 75.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Imperial Clevesian economy, worth 3.42 trillion Anne Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 4,734 Anne Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size, attempted suicide is punishable by public hanging, and the nation solves other countries' human rights problems with a generous dose of violence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Imperial Cleves's national animal is the Clevesian Red Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Imperial Cleves is ranked 156,830th in the world and 7,583rd in The North Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 173 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Authoritarian: 172ndMost Conservative: 256thMost Income Equality: 423rdMost Extreme: 478thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 7,163rdTop
Safest: 19,680thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,904thMost Pacifist: 24,356th
Most Extreme: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 237th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 758th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 921st in the regionSafest: 1,070th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,165th in the region

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